Statement : Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

September 30, 2020 Statement
"Congress needs to understand the full impact of the pandemic on Native Americans, and how to better meet the needs of your communities in future relief packages."
July 23, 2020 Statement
"The package is the product of months of thoughtful deliberation and input from Members on both sides of the aisle. I am proud of the work we have completed under the incredibly difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. This appropriations package addresses urgent national priorities."
July 22, 2020 Statement
"The Appropriations Committee is charged with one of the most important responsibilities entrusted to Congress by the Constitution: the power of the purse. I am proud that we have used that power to make investments that will make the world better, safer, and healthier and give every person a better chance at a better life."
July 10, 2020 Statement
"House Democrats reject the Trump administration’s pandering to the fossil fuel industry at the expense of the environment and our public lands. Instead, we will promote solutions that preserve our landscapes, protect endangered species, and help prevent the worst impacts of climate change."
July 10, 2020 Statement
"Last year, House Democrats secured significant new investments in environmental protection and land conservation. For fiscal year 2021, this bill builds upon those successes to advance the priorities of American families – ensuring we have clean air and water to protect our children’s health, protecting our most special places and endangered species, and taking meaningful actions to address climate change."
July 7, 2020 Statement
"The Fiscal Year 2021 Interior Appropriations bill would fulfill its obligations to make sound investments to preserve our natural resources, protect Americans from environmental hazards, and meet the challenges of the climate crisis."
July 7, 2020 Statement
"This bill is a rejection of the dangerous policies and funding cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. Instead, this bill moves us forward, by investing our resources in ways that keep our communities safe and healthy."
June 11, 2020 Statement
"With the funds provided, now would be the time to start fulfilling the Nation’s obligations. Instead, the Federal government is failing once again - providing insufficient personal protective equipment, incomplete test kits, and delayed distribution of funds. As of June 9, IHS reports 13,806 positive COVID-19 cases. That is out of 162,595 tests provided, or an 8.5% positive rate. But this is not even a comprehensive picture of the extent of the virus and the deaths it has caused."
March 11, 2020 Statement
"For fiscal year 2021, the Interior Department is seeking a $1.9 billion cut, or 14 percent, from the fiscal year 2020 enacted level for the bureaus and programs funded through the Interior appropriations bill. It would slash the US Geological Survey budget by 24%. It would eliminate Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Science Support at the Fish and Wildlife Service. Essentially, this budget would undo all progress we made last year toward advancing science."
March 10, 2020 Statement
"Today we will hear from Members of Congress on pressing issues ranging from concerns about offshore drilling, funding wastewater infrastructure, to supporting the National Estuary Program. The Members testifying today represent the interests of both Republicans and Democrats, from cities and rural areas all over the country, facing a broad array of challenges."